Jazz, a common form of dance used in musical theatre and commercial and entertainment industries, has its roots in social dance and is heavily influenced by African-American traditions. The Jazz curriculum is based on the classical jazz dance technique, with influences incorporated from modern jazz, hip-hop, street jazz and Broadway styles. The Jazz curriculum develops flexibility, rhythm, extension, balance, speed and strong movement in dancers, preparing them for a lifetime of dancing.
We follow the typical jazz class format of building strength, balance and extension through isolations, rhythmic exercises, floor stretches, across the floor patterns, and dance routines. The class format remains the same through the different levels, however the movements continue to develop from year to year as the students progress and mature. Just as the ballet program progresses along the natural physical and social development of the dancer, Jazz classes integrates rhythm and music games, social interaction and partnering, improvisation and constructive peer feedback into the classes. Performances and strong stage presence skills are also emphasized in the Jazz curriculum.
Much like jazz, tap dance has a rich heritage and stems from cultural and social traditions heavily influenced by African-American culture. Today it is seen in theatre and Broadway productions, commercial entertainment industries and is making quite to come-back in popularity! In tap class you will learn basic to advanced steps including time steps, turns, across the floor, choreography and combinations. This is a fun class that promotes coordination and concentration.
Modern dance is taught primarily during our summer programs and teaches students to dance beyond their boundaries. The class is accompanied with live music including bongos, steel drums, triangles, and a myriad of other instruments. Connection to the floor, spine, and emotion are emphasized throughout this course.